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Air ambulance teddy bear fundraisers renew appeal

FUNDRAISING efforts for reinstating teddy bears onboard Scottish Air Ambulance flights throughout northern Scotland are being renewed.

Local couple Suzanne and Adam Talbot launched a campaign last year to raise £5,000 for the bears, which used to be given to babies, young children and expectant mothers out on flights to provide extra comfort.

They initially raised £5,000 to redesign and order the bears, but they have renewed their appeal in the hope of netting a further £5,000 for future supplies of bears.

The couple are also set to hold a clothes swap at the Cunningsburgh Hall from midday on Saturday (6 October) as fundraising efforts continue.

“We are fundraising for them as we had to travel by air ambulance with our daughter in 2016 to the Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital,” Suzanne said.

“It was during this flight that the paramedic onboard told us that they used to give out teddy bears to infants and young children but due to lack of funding they had been unable to do so for two years.

“We are continuing our fundraising to ensure funds are available for the future.”

The distinctive yellow-coloured air ambulance transfers children and adults from the Tingwall and Sumburgh airports to mainland hospitals on a regular basis.

To donate to the cause online, visit here.